CFNY-FM, 102.1 The Edge, Toronto (Brampton)
|Corus Entertainment Inc.
|Shaw Radio Ltd.
|Selkirk Communications Ltd.
|Mutual Communications (1980) Ltd.
|Mutual Broadcasting Ltd.
|CHIC Radio Ltd.
|Broadcasting Station CFJB Ltd.
Broadcasting Station CFJB Ltd. received an FM licence in October. The company operated CFJB-AM in Brampton, which with an ownership change (CHIC Radio Ltd.), became CHIC-AM this year.
CHIC-FM began broadcasting on August 8. Studios and transmitter were at 2 Ellen Street in Brampton. The station broadcast at 102.1 MHz with effective radiated power of 857 watts.
On September 21, Leslie A. Allen agreed to purchase all the shares of CHIC Radio Ltd. from S.W. Caldwell, Frank M. Early, F.J. Shouldice, John Fox, W.S. Martin, Frank W. Richardson, Garth H. Ketemer, G. Clare Burt, J.R. Jenkins and Gordon F. Keeble. The sellers agreed to the sale on October 15, and the sale was subject to Government approval.
CHIC-FM was broadcasting approximately 30 hours of programming each week that was separate from CHIC-AM. The station also broadcast in mono.
On July 3, approval was granted for the transfer of 100% of Hemisphere Investments Ltd. (majority shareholder in CHIC Radio Ltd.) from Leslie A. Allen to his brother Harry J. Allen, Jr.
A move of studios and offices from 2 Ellen Street to 7 George Street South was approved November 5.
On Mrch 23, Shoreacres Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (owner of CKEY Toronto) had its application to purchase CHIC-FM from CHIC Radio Ltd. denied. Shoreacres had proposed to have some of CHIC-FM’s programming originate from the CKEY studios in Toronto. Shoreacres said it would continue to operate CHIC-FM for an interim period from its existing location with a predominantly classical music format. Future plans included a power increase, moving the antenna site to Toronto and broadcasting news programming 24 hours a day. The application was denied because it would mean completely altering the purpose for which the station was originally licenced in 1959 – namely, to serve Brampton.
CHIC-FM was carrying Vaughan Nationals Junior B hockey games on Sunday nights. Play-by-play was handled by CHIC-AM morning man Jim House with news director Dale Goldhawk doing colour commentary.
On February 3, CHIC Radio Ltd. had its application to increase FM power from 857 watts to 100,000 watts denied. CHIC had also proposed to change the transmitter and studio locations. The CRTC felt existing programming on the station did not adequateley serve the needs of Brampton and area.
Later in the year, the station’s licence came up for renewal. The station again applied to increase power to 100,000 watts and to change the location of the studios and the transmitter to 340 Main Street North.
Some of the on-air team at CHIC-FM: Allnite Andre, Al Spring (mornings), Bruce Heyding (also music director), Lee Eckley, Terry McElligott, Keith Elshaw.
CHIC-FM became CFNY-FM.
Dave Pritchard was CFNY’s first program director. CFNY originally played a mix of jazz, classical and progressive rock. John Morris moved over to CFNY from CHIC.
CFNY-FM was permitted to increase power to 100,000 watts and change the antenna site. The station was told that the distinct Brampton orientation that has now been achieved in the programming must be continued.
In August, power increased from 857 watts to 100,000 watts from a 259 foot tower located at the CHIC-AM transmitter site, west of Brampton, near Hornby.
David Marsden was program director.
Geets Romo (David Haydu) joined CFNY from CILQ-FM.
On April 9, All-Can Holdings Ltd., owner of CHIC Radio Ltd., went into receivership.
At the request of the Ontario Securities Commission, the Ontario Supreme Court appointed Clarkson Co. Ltd. as receiver and manager of all property belonging to All-Can on April 23. Leslie and Harry Allen, All-Can’s executives and controlling shareholders, and Morton Goldhar, President of Medicorp Technology were charged with conspiring to affect the market price of Class B All-Can shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The charges were stock manipulation and fraud.
On May 7, the Supreme Court of Ontario authorized Clarkson to sell all the shares held by All-Can in CHIC Radio Ltd. or alternately, all of the assets of CHIC Radio Ltd. The next day, the CRTC granted Clarkson authority as receiver and manager of All-Can to continue the operation of CHIC and CFNY on a temporary basis, until the stations could be disposed of.
On May 16, Clarkson published a notice of invitation for public tenders for the purchase of CHIC Radio Ltd. Seven bids were received and Clarkson entered into an agreement with CJMS Radio Montreal (Quebec) Ltd. Pending a CRTC decision on the sale of CHIC to CJMS, the Commission announced July 6 that CJMS could assist Clarkson in the management and day to day supervision of CHIC Radio Ltd.
On November 5, following a special hearing, the CRTC approved the sale of CHIC Radio Ltd. from All-Can Holdings Ltd. to CJMS Radio Montreal (Quebec) Ltd. A minority of commissioners dissented from the decision, arguing that, under the circumstances, competing applications should have been heard. CJMS, a subsidiary of Civitas Corporation, undertook to provide modern technically-sophisticated facilities under one roof for both stations and expected to absorb losses of $1 million over the next three years. The current orientation of CFNY-FM, with its high level of spoken word content and musical diversity, is to be maintained. CJMS took ownership of CHIC and CFNY later in the month.
CFNY-FM adopted “The Spirit of Radio” slogan.
Hedley Jones, David Marsden (also PD) and Nick Charles were among the on-air names at CFNY.
Around this time John Morris was now station manager. Lee Eckley was let go as evening announcer and replaced by David Marsden.
A corporate reorganization took place. Mutual Broadcasting 1980 (Canada) Ltd., CJMS Radio Montreal and CHIC Radio Ltd. merged to form Mutual Communications (1980) Ltd.
CHIC changed its call sign to CKMW.
Mike Pawson was chief engineer for CFNY and CKMW.
What ever happened to previous owners Harry and Leslie Allen? By this time it was known that Harry was the publisher of a magazine.
Pete Griffin and Geets Romo (David Haydu) were re-united in morning drive at CFNY. They had been morning team at CHUM-FM between 1968 and 1977. Haydu had been in the engineering department (actually he continued on in that role).
Fred Patterson joined CFNY from CHIC. Pete Griffin joined in September from CHUM-FM to host the morning show. Jim Bauer joined for overnights.
The CFNY studios and offices moved from 340 Main Street to 83 Kennedy Road South in February. CFNY and CKMW were now under the same roof.
The CFNY “U-KNOW” Awards were presented for the first time. Based on ballots sent in by the public, the awards give recognition to alternative artists who may not yet have received recognition in the mainstream of the Canadian music industry.
CFNY received approval to move its antenna site to the top of First Canadian Place in downtown Toronto. Effective radiated power would be decreased from 100,000 watts to 61,000 watts (directional). With the move to Toronto, CFNY was told programming was to reflect the primary obligation to the Brampton community, particularly in news and public affairs.
Live Earl Jive joined in May. Michael Compeau joined for Morning Music, a classical show.
Installation of CFNY’s new $1 million antenna in downtown Toronto was underway and expected to be operational by March.
The former head of CHIC and CFNY, Leslie Allen, received a sentence of two years less a day after being convicted of fraud charges. He was allowed to serve the sentence in the evenings and continue working during the day. While president of All-Can Holdings and other companies, Allen negotiated a $1.5 million loan on the basis of overstated revenues. He also manipulated the price of All-Can on the stock market, announcing a takeover while selling his own shares. The ensuing bankruptcy forced the sale of the stations.
Pat Hurley confirmed the estate of Raymond Crepault was attempting to divest itself of some of its holdings, including CKMW-CFNY and their film production house. They planned to retain the Quebec radio stations and the Radio Mutuel network. As a result of the expected shrinkage of Civitas Corp., Ed Prevost resigned as president.
On August 30, the CRTC approved the following changes: (A) Mutual Broadcasting 1980 Canada Ltd. was authorized to acquire CKMF-FM from Supravox Corp. Ltd. (B) Mutual Broadcasting Ltd. – upon dissolution of Mutual Broadcasting 1980 Canada Ltd. and Mutual Broadcasting Ltd., was licensed to continue the operation of CJRP-AM and CHIK-FM (CJRP Radio Provincialle Ltee), CJRS-AM (CJRS Radio Sherbrooke Ltee), CJTR-AM (CJTR Radio Trois-Riviere Ltee) and CJRC-AM (CJRC Radio Capitale Ltee). (C) Amalgamate Mutual Broadcasting 1980 Canada Ltd. (CJMS-AM, CKMW-AM and CFNY-FM), Supravox Corp. Ltd. and Mutual Broadcasting Ltd. into Mutual Broadcasting Canada Ltd. (Radiodiffusion Mutuelle Canada Ltee)
On November 3, CFNY received permission to move its transmitter to the CN Tower in downtown Toronto. Effective radiated power would be reduced from 100,000 watts to 23,100 watts. This would cancel out the earlier plans to move the antenna to the top of First Canadian Place.
Geets Romo (engineer David Haydu) joined Pete Griffin on the morning show. They were a popular morning team in the past – at CHUM-FM.
It was announced early in the year that with CRTC approval, Mutual Broadcasting (subsidiary of Civitas Corp.) would sell CFNY-FM to Selkirk Communications. It would be the first radio station in the east for Selkirk, which controlled CHCH-TV in Hamilton and had major broadcast properties in British Columbia and Alberta. No changes were planned for the station’s alternative rock format. A company headed by Pat Hurley, vice president and general manager of CKMW and CFNY was expected to purchase the AM station.
On August 17, Mutual Broadcasting Canada Ltd. was given approval to transfer CFNY to 534769 Ontario Ltd. and then to sell that company to Selkirk Communications Ltd. At the CRTC hearing into this application, it was learned that CFNY’s approved move to the CN Tower had not yet taken place. Master FM Ltd., owner and operator of the FM transmission equipment on the tower, was not prepared for technical reasons to accept CFNY’s move. After the involvement of the CRTC and Department of Communications, an agreement had now been reached with Master FM. As a result, a new application had been filed by CFNY and a CRTC decision could be expected in the near future.
On the same date, CFNY’s sister station CKMW-AM was sold to CKMW Radio Ltd.
On September 13, the CRTC approved an increase in effective radiated power for CFNY-FM (from the CN Tower) from 23,100 watts (directional) to 35,000 watts (non-directional).
Selkirk Communications Ltd. took ownership of CFNY on September 26 with Bill Hutton as General Manager. Bill had just returned from 10 year stint of managing LBC, an all news atation in London England which he put on the air.
On November 28, CFNY officially began transmitting from the CN Tower. Effective radiated power was 35,000 watts and antenna height was 1,400 feet.
J.R. and James Scott were now on the air at CFNY. Nick Charles and Jim Bauer were still there. The news team included Danny Nicholson, Norah (traffic), Fred Patterson (sports) and Rick Charles.
Beverly Hills and Liz Janik were now on CFNY. David Marsden was program director. Mike Stafford was now in the news department.
The 5th annual CFNY “U-KNOW” Awards were presented in Toronto on April 24, and for the first time, the event was telecast nationally by CBC Television. A new name was selected for the U-KNOW’s – the CASBY’s – Canadian Artists Selected By You.
Chuck & Ryerson, Ted Woloshyn and Scott Eagleson were now among CFNY’s announcers. The news department included Mary Ellen Benninger, Peter Goodwin and Scott Sutherland (traffic). Jim Bauer left.
David Marsden named Don Berns as music director an assistant program director. He had worked in radio in Kansas City, Buffalo, San Diego, and other U.S. markets. Samantha Taylor was now at CFNY. She had been at Q107 and continued with CBC-TV’s “Video Hits” program.
Davide Marsden, who also had operations and programming responsibilities at CFNY, turned his four hour Saturday night show over to Chris Sheappard.
Despite a bad thunderstorm, the 1986 CASBY awards show went ahead from Canada’s Wonderland. The program was carried over a network of radio stations, anchored by CFNY-FM, as well as on the CBC Television network.
Bill Hutton was general manager at CFNY.
On-air: Pete Griffin & Geets Romo (6-9), Ted Woloshyn (9-10), J.R. (Jim Reid, 10-2), James Scott (2-6), Live Earl Jive (6-10), Various (10-12:30), Ron Bruchel (12:30-2), Skot Turner (2-6). Weekends: Daddy Cool (Dave Booth), Ivar Hamilton, Nick Charles, Dave Marsden, Hedley Jones, David Hight, Liz Janik, Chris Sheappard, Don Berns. News: Mike Hannifan (Sports), Fred Patterson (sports), Danny Nicholson, Mary Ellen Benninger, Patricia (Traffic), Rick Charles, Mike Stafford.
CFNY-FM opened a sales office at 60 St. Clair Avenue East in Toronto.
Don Berns became program director at CFNY, replacing David Marsden who continued with his duties as director of operations and executive producer of the CASBY awards. Marsden would also take on several special projects and spend more time on future planning for CFNY.
Pete Griffin left CFNY in October (He would wind up at CFGM), Geets Romo (David Haydu) was chief engineer and would now devote all of his work time to that job (the morning show contract was for Haydu, Griffin and producer Kevin O’Leary. Haydu resigned, thereby breaking the contract for the entire team, putting Griffin and O’Leary out of work). Steve Anthony took over the morning show on December 14. He had been a MuchMusic VJ. Pat Mcdermid joined the news department from CFGM. J.R. (10 am-2 pm) and Live Earl Jive & Beverly Hills (6-10 pm) departed late in the year. Liz Jankik was now hosting the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. show with James Scott on from 3-7, Skot Turner 7-midnight and Alan Cross from midnight to 6. Don Berns was program director.
In the fall, CFNY began a move away from its alternative rock roots.
Ted Woloshyn left CFNY to take over the morning show at CKFM-FM.
Rick Charles was news director.
Liz Janik was appointed to the newly created position of director of Canadian music development for CFNY. She would act as liaison between artists at the grassroots level and the station and would be responsible for CFNY’s annual talent search.
Mike Hanafan was let go from CFNY’s sports department. He had been reporting on weekends and afternoons since 1984. Sports director Fred Patterson assumed Hanafin’s weekday reports. Chris Sheppard and Maie Pauts were now heard on CFNY.
Skot Turner was appointed director of foreground, enrichment and mosaic programming, responsible for all of the station’s special feature programs.
About 20 listeners of the new music station, armed with a 5,000 name petition to tell the CRTC of their unhappiness with recent format changes at the station, staked out the hearing into CFNY’s licence renewal. In its submission to the Commission, CFNY announced plans to increase the number hit songs to 45%. The station argued that for its promotion of new music to be effective it had to reach as large an audience as possible, and playing more hits would accomplish that. Operations manager Jim Fonger said there were 5,000 listeners who aren’t happy, but in six months time, he thought they would be happy.
On September 28, the CRTC approved Maclean-Hunter Limited’s purchase of Selkirk Communications Ltd. CFNY came under the Key Radio Ltd. banner. This was the Maclean-Hunter subsidiary that operated CKEY Toronto and other radio stations in Ontario.
Howard Glassman was named the new morning announcer and co-host of the new morning show with sports director Fred Patterson.
J. Paul Firminger, vice president of KEY Radio engineering, announced the appointment of David Haydu to engineering manager for CKEY and its new sister station, CFNY-FM. In addition to his day to day responsibilities, Haydu would also be involved with studio design and equipment layout and installation of state of the art equipment at the proposed CKEY-CFNY broadcasting complex.
On-air notes: Steve Anthony left and was replaced in mornings by Hal Harbour (from weekends), then Humble Howard Glassman (new to the station) in August. Alan Cross moved to Middays. James Scott left for CIDC-FM and was replaced by Randy Tayler who left for CKEY and was replaced by Don Berns (from CKEY) in November. Dani Elwell joined for evenings from CKFM in November. Live Earl Jive & Beverly Hills returned in November. When Humble Howard joined on August 8, the morning show ended at 9:30 a.m. and 102 Magazine was added 9:30-10 a.m. Don Berns (program director) resigned because of a disagreement with management on the move away from the station’s roots.
KEY Radio Ltd. applied to the CRTC to relocate CFNY and CKEY (AM) to a new facility in nearby Mississauga. CKEY’s studios were in downtown Toronto and CFNY’s were in Brampton.
On-air: Humble (Howard Glassman) & Fred (Patterson) (6-9:30), 102 Magazine (9:30-10), Alan Cross (10-3), Don Berns (3-7), Skot Turner & Maie Pauts (7-8), Dani Elwell (8-11), Chris Sheppard (11-12), Kneale Mann (12-6). Weekends: Reiner Schwartz, Hal arbour, Jim Duff. News: Mike Kansalara (sports), Karen Horsman, Pat Mcdermid, Mary Ellen Benninger, Kim Carruthers (Traffic), Rick Charles, Pamela Blair, Fred Patterson (sports). Note: Bob Mackowicz joined CFNY.
Sister station CKEY changed its call letters to CKYC.
On February 11, the CRTC approved the applications by Key Radio Limited to amend the licences for CFNY-FM Brampton and CKEY Toronto, by relocating their studios to a new facility to be constructed in Mississauga (Peel Region). In support of these applications, Key Radio stated that an approval would enable the licensee to consolidate operations into its proposed community performance centre, which would include a community stage, audio workshop and the Canadian Artists and Programs on Satellite radio facilities. The Commission noted that this centre was part of the benefits package related to the acquisition of CFNY-FM by Maclean Hunter Limited and the subsequent amalgamation of CFNY-FM into Key Radio which was approved in 1989. Key Radio also indicated that the relocation of both studios to a common site would increase each station’s financial efficiency. In approving these applications, the Commission took into consideration Key Radio’s commitment to maintain CFNY-FM’s requirement for news and public affairs programming as articulated in its Promise of Performance. The Commission reiterated the expectation that CFNY-FM continue to provide adequate coverage of news and events occurring in Brampton and Peel Region, which formed the station’s primary service area.
John Jones was appointed music director at CFNY.
Howard Glassman left for CKFM-FM and was replaced by Skot Turner. Jim Duff was known on-air as The Duffer.
On-air Notes: June 23 saw the departure of Skot Turner, Don Berns, Rick Charles, Neil Mann, and three production people. Jim Duff took over PM drive on his own. Turner immediately got a job at CING-FM Burlington. In July, Howard Glassman returned to mornings from CKFM. More departures in August: Chris Sheppard (who immediately found employment at CING, but he wouldn’t start there until September 18), Lee Carter, Dani Elwell, and Hal Harbour.
Donna Corsano, Kim Hughes, Brother Bill, Martin Streek, Mike Tyler, Pete Fowler and John Jones were now heard on CFNY.
Rogers Communications Inc. purchased Maclean-Hunter Ltd. and announced the sale of Key Radio CFNY Ltd. (CFNY) to Shaw Communications Inc.
Dave Bookman was heard on CFNY.
Vince DiMaggio left CFNY-FM where he had been vice president and general manager.
On-air: Humble & Fred (mornings), Maie Pauts (mid-days), Alan Cross (afternoons), Martin Streek, Brother Bill, Pete Fowler, Kim Hughes, Visnja.
Music director John Jones moved to MuchMusic in July.
On May 1, CFNY moved its studios from Brampton to the Eaton Centre, 1 Dundas Street West (228 Yonge Street) in Toronto. CFNY, located in the north end, was the second broadcast operation in the the Eaton Centre complex as CTV already occupied three floors in the south tower.
On May 26, Shaw Radio Ltd. was granted a licence to carry on a transitional digital radio undertaking to serve Toronto. The transmitter was be installed at the CN Tower and employ the EUREKA-147 digital audio broadcasting system. CFNY-FM would operate on 1456.304 MHz with effective isotropic radiated power of 5084 watts.
On-air: Howard Glassman & Fred Patterson (5:30-9:20), Maie Pauts (9:20-2), Alan Cross (2-6), Kim Hughes (6-8), Brother Bill (8-12), Visnja, Steve Warden, Dave Bookman, John Osborne, Kneale Mann.
Corus Entertainment Inc. was formed September 1, from the media assets of Shaw Communications Inc. Corus became a separate and distinct, publicly traded corporation. The Shaw family continued to hold the majority of voting shares in Corus.
George Stroumboulopoulos & Dave Bookman were now on CFNY from 6-8 p.m.
In December, Alan Cross left to become program director at sister station CJXY-FM Hamilton.
Dave Farough, former program director of CKKQ-FM Victoria, became PD at Edge 102.
After 21 years with CFNY (Edge 102), chief engineer David Haydu returned to his former employer – CHUM Radio Group. His last day at CFNY was March 2.
Kneale Mann added assistant program director duties to his music director role.
On-air: Humble & Fred (5:30-9:20), Maie Pauts (9:20-2), Alan Cross (2-6), Brother Bill (6-12), Visnja / Carlos Benevides (12-5:30). Notes: Humble & Fed and Maie Pauts moved over to sister station CFYI 640 on April 20. Dean Blundell (from Windsor’s CIMX-FM) started at CFNY on April 23 with Sandra Plagakis and Jason “Danger Boy” Barr remaining as sidekicks. Kelly Cutrara replaced Maie Pauts.
On May 5, Corus Radio was authorized to change the frequency for CFNY-DR-1 (digital radio) from 1456.304 MHz (channel 3) (ON113) to 1465.024 MHz (channel 8) (ON115).
On August 23 the CRTC renewed CFNY-FM’s licence until August 31, 2010. This was a short term renewal to allow the Commission to review the licensee’s compliance with the Radio Regulations. The Commission analyzed the programming broadcast on CFNY-FM during the week of 11 to 17 January 2004. The analysis revealed that only 33.6% of all category 2 musical sections broadcast over the broadcast week, and only 33.8% of the category 2 musical selections broadcast by the licensee between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday of the same week, were Canadian musical selections. These findings constitute infractions of sections 2.2(8) and 2.2(9) of the Radio Regulations, 1986.
On August 17, Fred Kennedy joined 102.1 the Edge’s on-air roster as afternoon drive host. Weekdays from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., The Fearless Fred Show will deliver a unique interactive experience as Fred broadcasts, Tweets and blogs with Edge listeners and welcomes the world’s best bands to perform live in the 228 Yonge Street studio. Program director Ross Winters said, with Kennedy in afternoon drive, Dave “Bookie” Bookman would move to weekday evenings from 7:00 to 11:00. Beginning on August 31, listeners can get their daily dose of the Edge’s music man with his new show, Bookie at Night. The rest of the line-up is unchanged: The Dean Blundell Show featuring Dean, Jason and Todd weekday mornings and Josie Dye, mid-days.
On 23 March 2009, the Commission received a complaint from a resident of Burlington, concerning CFNY-FM’s broadcast of The Dean Blundell Show on 20 March 2009. Since the station’s licensee, Corus Radio Company, iwa a member of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, the Commission, in accordance with its usual practice, referred the complaint to the CBSC for resolution. On 27 January 2010, the CBSC published Decision 08/09-1238, dated 23 September 2009, in which it set out its determination on the complaint. On 2 February 2010, the complainant requested that the Commission review the CBSC Decision. On July 8, 2010, it was announced that the Commission agreed with the CBSC’s findings that in the matter at hand there had been no violation of established broadcast standards. Rather, response to this program was clearly a matter of taste, one best managed by audiences exercising choice. Accordingly, the Commission found that the broadcast did not fail to meet the objective of the Act that programming be of a high standard. (See CRTC Decision 2010-463 for full details)
There were a number of changes at Corus Entertainment related to its organization review to streamline decision-making and clarify roles and mandates. Among the changes: Reporting to Hal Blackadar, Executive Vice President and interim President of Corus Radio – Dave Farough, VP, Brands and Programming in Toronto (was GM at Corus Radio London) and Chris Pandoff, VP/GM, Corus Radio Toronto and Hamilton (was VP/GM for Corus Radio Toronto only but now added Hamilton duties held by Suzanne Carpenter). Lars Wunsche was now GSM, Corus Radio Toronto (was GM at CJDV-FM/CKBT-FM Kitchener).
On August 31, the CRTC renewed the licence for CFNY-FM Brampton from 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2012. This short-term licence renewal would enable the Commission to review, at an earlier date, the licensee’s compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and with its conditions of licence. The Commission directed the licensee to spend, by no later than 60 days from the date of the present decision, $20,168 on eligible Canadian content development initiatives, as set out in paragraph 108 of Commercial Radio Policy 2006, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-158, 15 December 2006.
Jason Barr left CFNY as co-host of the Dean Blundell morning show.
In September, the Corus corporate headquarters and Corus Toronto radio stations moved to a new eight-storey, glass-clad, 482,000 square foot building on Toronto’s waterfront. Corus Quay was owned and managed by the City of Toronto’s arms-length real estate development company, Build Toronto, and named for its principal tenant, Corus Entertainment. The facility was located at 25 Dockside Drive in Toronto.
Chris Pandoff became Executive Vice President and President of Corus Radio effective December 1, responsible for the radio stations and the division’s interactive arm. He succeeded Hal Blackadar, the interim President of Corus Radio, who announced his retirement earlier this year after four decades in broadcasting. Pandoff was most recently Vice President/General Manager of Corus Radio Toronto and Hamilton.
It was announced that David Marsden would receive the Alan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award during his induction to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame March 11 (2011) in Toronto. Marsden was the architect and creator of Canada’s first alternative music station, CFNY Toronto. Early on in his broadcast career, he was known as a controversial motormouth on Toronto radio under the name Dave Mickie.
In December, Corus Entertainment announced the appointment of Suzanne Carpenter as general manager of the Corus Toronto radio stations, effective January 3, 2011. She had been vice president and general manager of Corus Radio Eastern Ontario, CHEX TV and CKWS TV, and prior to that, she was general manager, Corus Radio Hamilton.
Former CFNY morning man Peter Griffin died at the age of 81 on May 23. Mat Boisselle left CFNY, where he had been morning show technical producer. He joined the air staff of CFMY Medicine Hat in October.
Suzanne Carpenter became GM at Corus Radio Toronto on January 3. She also retained her VP role at Corus Entertainment. Carpenter had been VP/GM, Corus Radio Eastern Ontario, CHEX-TV Peterborough and CKWS-TV Kingston. Michael Emmons became engineering remote coordinator for Corus Radio Toronto. Rob Johnston moved “upstairs” at Corus. He was now creative director at the centralized “Production Centre of Excellence” which served the company’s radio stations in Ontario. He had been creative director at Corus Radio Toronto. Suzanne Carpenter, vice president and general manager of Corus Radio Toronto also become responsible for Corus Radio Hamilton as of mid-August.
Michael Emmons became engineering remote coordinator for Corus Radio Toronto. In mid-August, 102.1 the Edge program director Ross Winters returned to the West Coast to become PD for Rock 101 Vancouver and Q107 Calgary. He would also assist Chris Duncombe as assistant program director at CFOX Vancouver. Suzanne Carpenter, vice president and general manager of Corus Radio Toronto also become responsible for Corus Radio Hamilton as of mid-August. Lars Wunsche, director of sales for Corus Radio Toronto, added the Corus Hamilton cluster to his sales responsibilities. Hamilton GSM Carolyn Thorn would report to Wunsche.
Peter Solala became sales manager at Corus Radio Toronto September 1. He moved from Corus Interactive and Integrated Solutions, also at Corus Quay in Toronto, where he was director of sales. Alan Cross, after almost 25 years with Corus Entertainment, was released. Cross, who was best known for his weekly rock documentary series “The Ongoing History of New Music” on 102.1 The Edge, was also the senior program director at Corus Interactive and Integrated Solutions.
Don Berns passed away March 1. He had been with CFNY in the 1980’s, doing on-air work (1985-92), assistant PD, music director (1985-87), and program director (1987-88).
Skip Prokop passed away August 30 at the age of 74. He worked at CFNY in the 1980’s – in sales and on-air. He was best known as the drummer for Lighthouse.
In September, CFNY announced that brother-sister duo Ruby and Alex Carr would become the station’s morning show hosts, beginning in January, 2019. The siblings would work together on-air for the first time, and Corus Radio billed it as a Canadian first for a morning radio show. Ruby had been the lead host of the morning show at CKZZ Vancouver while Alex was doing middays at CFOX Vancouver.
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